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Doctors, Showbiz Unite to fight against a Skin Disease for the 1st time

The group of prominent doctors and show biz personalities have organized an evening of science and art coming together to spread awareness about a debilitating skin condition known as Urticaria in collaboration with Novartis Pharma Pakistan recently. The presentation had the presence of people from different walks of life including showbiz galaxy, renowned dermatologists across the country, eminent celebrities, social organizations and media personnel. Secretary Information Sindh, Dr Zulfiqar Shalwani was the chief guest while Salma Kausar-Senior Medical Director of KMC, Country President Novartis Shahab Rizvi also graced the occasion. The event aspires to help improve patients’ quality of life via dispersing an understanding of Urticaria through live performances and expert discussion. The live performances, beautifully choreographed to highlight the effects Urticaria has on social and professional lives of the victims, entailed a piece by Joshinder Chabbria, a real doctor patient interaction, and a theatrical ramp show lead by famous Model & Socialist Nadia Hussain. Each segment elaborates various aspects of a typical Urticaria patient’s ordeal. Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria (CSU) is a severe form of skin allergy prevalent in Pakistan, which may affect anyone at any time.

It was highlighted that the effects of CSU are more than skin deep. Alongside the distressing physical symptoms, CSU can be a great psychological, social& economic burden.CSU’s spontaneous nature may leave people living in isolation due to fear of unpredictable outbreaks.The highly interactive expert forum included discussions exploring the issues pertaining to Urticaria.Highly respectable dermatologists namely Dr. Shahid Abbas, Dr. Azer Rashid, Dr. Iqbal Tareen, Dr. Pervez Iqbal, Dr. Badar Dhannani , Dr. J I Bhatti, Dr. Afzal Lodhi, Dr.Hatim Ali Shah, Dr. Faisal Khilji, Dr.Sharf Ali Shah, Dr. Atif Kazmi, Dr. Saeed Haneef, Dr.Azeem Jahangeer , Dr. Haseeb Sajjad, Dr. Ijaz, Dr.Uzair Qureshi, Dr. Tariq Zaman, Dr. GM Cheema, Dr.Najia Ashraf,among others shared their valuable insights. The 1st ever patient group – The ‘U within Association’, also attended the event with innovative activities to promote public awareness about urticaria. The evening’s finale was a great song dedicated to the Urticaria patients by the very famous Music Icon Natasha Baig and Pakistan Idol runner-up Sajid Khan. An interactive Q&A session all about Urticaria was also arranged in which eminent dermatologists shared their insights. The evening’s finale was a great song dedicated to the Urticaria patients by Natasha Baig and Sajid Khan.

The event was well-attended by the people from different walks of life including famous film and TV artists, renowned doctors, well known social and health workers besides social organizations and media personnel. Mr. Zulfiqar Shilwani – Information Secretary Sindh and Dr. Salma Kausar – Senior Medical Director KMC participated as the guests of honour on the occasion. Mr. Shahab Rizvi – Country President Novartis welcomed the guests to the show.

Headquartered in Basel (Switzerland), Novartis has core businesses in pharmaceuticals, vaccines, consumer health, generics, eye care and animal health. The company employs nearly 115,000 people in over 140 countries worldwide to help save lives and improve the quality of life. The Group is present in Pakistan through Novartis Pakistan Limited.

BIEK Results: More women eligible to apply to medical colleges this year

The pre-medical college results announced on Monday by the Board of Intermediate Education, Karachi (BIEK), reasserted the alarming trend of growing gender disparity in the healthcare professions. This year, only 1,603 male students will be eligible to apply to medical colleges as compared to 9,203 females this year.

According to the results announced by the education board’s examinations controller, Imran Khan Chishti, a total of 19,902 students sat for the pre-medical exams, of which nearly 75% were girls. Those who managed to pass the exams were 10,833, or 54%. However, this percentage was skewed in favour of the girls since 58% of them passed the exams as compared to merely 40% of the boys. Nearly seven per cent of all students got through with A-1 grades, 16% with As, 15% with Bs, 12% with Cs and four per cent with D grades.

BIEK chairperson Anwar Ahmed Zai, while talking to The Express Tribune, expressed his concerns over the increasing ratio of girls getting into pre-medical education as compared to boys.  “This gender disparity persists even when these students join healthcare facilities after studying medicine from universities,” said Prof Ahmed Zai. “The situation will pose serious issues for the country’s healthcare system in the next few years.”

Meanwhile, the statistics issued by the Pakistan Medical Association corroborate the concerns posed by Prof Ahmed Zai. Around three quarters of the female students of medicine abandon the field right after graduating or after marriage.

abbasi_shaheed_hospital_kaarchiDr Nadeem Rajput, Medical Superintendent of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and five other doctors were suspended on Thursday on negligence of duty, which led to the death of a patient.
According to details 35-year Shakil Ahmad was admitted to the hospital for treatment of appendix. He was not attended properly and resulted in his death. Relatives and friends of the patient while protesting broke furniture and tortured some members of the hospital staff.

“An inquiry has been initiated,” said Karachi Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui. “This is the first time that a patient has died due to negligence of the doctors and the people responded by attacking the hospital.” He added that such occurences were unacceptable.

According to Farooqui, Medical Superintendent Dr Nadeem Rajput and other doctors had reached the hospital when the staff made phone calls to them. He said that a committee will submit its report about the incident while a charge-sheet will be also be issued to those who were responsible.

Gizri Blast

At least four people have been killed and more several others injured in a suicide blast targeting a government vehicle in Defence area of Karachi, Dunya News reported on Friday.

The incident took place in Gizri area of Defence Phase 4.

Several nearby vehicles and buildings were damaged due to the huge blast.

The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where some of them are said to be in critical condition.

Police and Rangers personnel have arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.

Hamid Mir shot, injured near Natha Khan Bridge in Karachi

Hamid Mir shot, injured near Natha Khan Bridge in Karachi

Geo News senior anchor and renowned Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir was injured in a targeted-shooting here on Saturday evening.

Hamid Mir was heading to the Geo News office when his car was targeted by gunmen as it left the Jinnah International Airport on Shara-e-Faisal near the Natha Khan Bridge. The senior anchor was shot three times and was rushed to a private hospital where he underwent an operation.

Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain told Geo News that the operation was successful and prayed for Hamid Mir’s quick recovery.

Gunmen in a car and riding two motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir’s car a few kilometers away from the Airport police station.

Karachi police chief, Shahid Hayat said Hamid Mir has been shot thrice; one bullet has pierced his intestine while the other two have wounded his leg and pelvic area. Hayat added that a committee had been formed to probe the attack on Hamid Mir.

Geo News Islamabad bureau chief, Rana Jawad said Hamid Mir spoke to him after the attack and said the gunmen followed him and continued to fire on the car.

Speaking to Geo News the driver of the car said a single attacker had opened fire and targeted Hamid Mir.

The attack has been condemned by politicians including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Following the attack journalists held protests in several cities of the country and called for an inquiry.

Rangers kill man fighting with wife at Nagan ChowrangiA domestic dispute between husband and wife turned into a sorrowful incident when a Rangers official fired on the couple, killing the man and injuring the wife.
The incident occurred at Nagan Chawrangi. The couple was fighting on the road over a domestic dispute when suddenly a Rangers’ official present there opened fire on the man. According to reports the man was seriously injured and died while being shifted to hospital. The couple had married just four months ago, but their relationship had deteriorated.
The wife also received injuries; however, she is under treatment. The incident sparked severe protests in the area, with protesters pelting Rangers and police vehicles with stones.
They destroyed two motorbikes of a law enforcement agency. The protesters expressed severe anger over the killing of the man by Rangers official. A rescue team shifted the dead body and the injured woman to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. According to DIG East initial investigations indicate that the Rangers’ official fired at the couple accidentally. “We have opened investigations into the incident… It is yet premature to reach a conclusion,” he said. Daily Times

Police Bus attacked in Karachi, 11 cops killed 40 injured

Police Bus attacked in Karachi, 11 cops killed 40 injured

Atleast Eleven policemen were killed and more than 40 injured when a suicide blast occurred near a police vehicle in Razzaqabad area of Karachi Thursday morning, Geo News reported.

According to the initial report, the incident occurred in Razzakabad near the police training center where eleven cops were martyred and over forty injured when a suicide blast took place near a police bus early today morning.

SSP Malir Rao Anwaar told that evidences indicate that a suicide bomber had rammed the explosives-laden vehicle into the police van carrying more than 50 personnel who were on their way to discharge their duties at Bilawal House. However, police is investigating the matter to ascertain the facts.

Security forces cordoned off the area and sealed the blast site.

The dead bodies and injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively where six policemen were said to be in critical condition, according to the hospital sources.

Traffic on National Highway was suspended after the security forces closed the main artery for any sort of commuting. (The News)

karachi firing at shrineAt least nine people were killed and 10 others injured as gunmen fired on a shrine in the city on Sunday. Police and rescue sources said some six armed men on motorcycles came to the shrine of Meharban Ali Shah alias Jalali Baba in Baldia Town and fired on the people, who were attending a mehfil-e-sama. The attackers, who were wearing crash helmets, fled after the shooting.

The bodies and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). The deceased included a two-year-old girl. The injured included a women, said hospital sources, which added that the condition of three of the injured was critical. Police said the attackers also hurled a grenade before firing at the people with automatic weapons. They said the shrine belonged to a retired DSP. Heavy contingent of police and Rangers reached the shrine and cordoned off nearby areas after the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. A case has been registered against the unidentified attackers and police have started investigation. Three persons were killed and several others injured in a fresh spate of violence in different areas of the city on Saturday. Security personnel also arrested 23 suspects, including two foreigners, during a search operation and recovered weapons and drugs. (Daily Times)

LRBT Mohammad Mustafa

Mohammad Mustafa

11 year old Mohammad Mustafa, son of a poor farmer, is a student of 5th grade and lives in Larkana. Mustafa’s teachers had expressed their concern to Mustafa and his father about his poor  reading and writing abilities which they suspected was due to his eye sight. The father, who was illiterate, ignored these concerns as he thought that it was because Mustafa wasn’t interested in studies. But the major reason was Affordability. The school struck off his name due to poor performance. He was then admitted to a Govt.School but after a few days they also refused to keep him as he could not read the board or write properly.

 The Principal advised his parents to take Mustafa to LRBT ‘s Free eye Hospital at Gambat and get his eyes checked. The father now had no choice but to take Mustafa to LRBT, where he was diagnosed with bi-lateral congenital cataract and admitted on the same day for surgery which was successful.

 His father shed tears of happiness Mustafa has high aims and he does not want to adopt his family’s profession. Instead he wants to study and become a Police officer.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) and Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) has unanimously condemned and rejected the idea to start evening classes in medical colleges in the country.

In a joint press conference, the leaders of PMA and PIMA warned the government that if unjustified scheme of evening classes was not dropped, the doctors’ fraternity would knock the doors of the court.

PMA Secretary General Dr Mirza Ali Azhar, PIMA President Dr Misbahul Aziz, PMA Treasurer Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, and PMA Karachi President Dr Idrees Adhi spoke on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Azhar said that the medics of the country would not tolerate any unprofessional and unethical medical education as this kind of medical education did not exist anywhere in the world.

He said that the PMDC, violating the ethics, had again started to organize the evening classes at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, adding that the initiating of evening classes will cause injustice to the medical students and the patients.

He informed that advertisement had also been given in the newspaper for the recruitment of faculty members in basic medical sci


“There are financial interests of some people, working in the PMDC, behind the idea of starting evening classes in medical colleges; hence the said idea resurfaced during one year despite it was abandoned after the resistance from PMA,” he added. Expressing grave concern, he said that once this idea was adopted by any public sector medical college, then all private sector medical colleges will jump into the arena and start evening classes at their institutions to earn maximum profit. Dr Azhar said that it was matter of concern for the medical community that how Dr Asim Hussain, who was working as member of the PMDC and Vice President of the Council, was also serving as advisor to PM on Petroleum. He reminded that same idea to start evening classes in some public sector medical colleges was first floated in the year 2011 and then LUHS VC was supposed to give p

resentation at the 118th meeting of PMDC, which was to be held on April, 3, 2011, but the PMAPMA called an emergent press conference on March 18, 2011 and opposed the idea. He said the PMA once again called a press conference on April 1, 2011 and called for the help from civil society to come forward and make an effort with the PMA to stop this exercise.

As a result, he said, the voice chancellor of LUMHS declined to give the presentation in this regard. Dr Azhar said that the issue once again came to surface in June 2011. According to the plan, he said, the 119th meeting was called on July 5, 2011 and the PMA again called a press conference on August 7, 2011 to challenge the managers of the PMDC to refrain from going to adopt this resolution and the PMA threatened to go for litigation against the PMDC in this regard and the plan was shelved.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Misbahul Aziz said that every private medical college was required to have at least 500-bed hospital but there were only 15 to 16 per cent private colleges abiding the rules of the medical education.

He claimed that anyone could open a medical college just after giving Rs60 million on account of bribe to the department concerned.

Expressing deep concern over PMDC’s performance, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad said that the Council should perform as autonomous body, while part time and ad-hoc systems should immediately be removed. He said that names of all medical colleges were not on the official website of PCMD, which shows there is some malpractice in the council, he said

Dr Idrees Adhi said that the grave side effects of the products of evening medical colleges will ultimately be suffered by the people of the this country.

“We as a stake holder have very serious concern about this developing situation, as we think that the medical education in the country, which is already in crisis, will further lose its charm and dignity. At this particular time and moment there is no single evening medical college around the globe,” he added.

The leaders of the both the associations resolved that the PMA, the PIMA and all sister organizations of the medical community were united on this issue and they will challenge the idea of opening of evening medical colleges in the court.

The doctors’ fraternity urged the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo-motu action against the act of the authorities concerned so that the idea of evening medical colleges could be shelved. Other members of PMA and PIMA were also present on the occasion. (Nation)